Alternanthera – Purple Prince


dark purple leaves with red undersides

10 seeds

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Product Description

Alternanthera brasiliana

Also known as Joseph’s Coat, these compact, spreading plants thrive in the heat, reaching 10-16″ in height.  Dark purple leaves with red undersides.  It makes a great ‘spiller’ plant in containers, and it also makes a nice small-scale ground cover.  I grew this for the first time in 2021, and it is now one of my favorites that I will grow every year!  Perennial in zones 10-11, and grown as an annual elsewhere.

Packet is 10 seeds.


Press into soil but do not cover as light aids in germination.  Kept at 70-75° F, germination is in 3-14 days.


Plant into the garden 18-24″ apart in full sun to part shade.  The colors are more intense on the foliage if they are in full sun.  The more pinching you do when new growth forms on alternanthera plants, the bushier they will get.  To keep plants short and compact, simply pinch off new growth as branches begin to grow upward.  They like regular watering, so water regularly, especially if they are in baskets or containers that dry out faster.  They generally don’t need additional fertilizer.

Additional Information

Plant Type


Perennial Zones

10, 11


Summer, Fall

Bloom Color

Foliage Plant

Plant Height

Short (less than 12")

Sun Requirements

Full Sun, Full Sun / Partial Shade

Special Characteristics

Ground Cover, Grows Well in Containers, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant


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